Research Integrity Office

 “Integrity in research is the basis for the academic search for knowledge, and public trust in the integrity and ethical behavior of scholars must be maintained if research and other scholarly activities are to continue to play their proper role in our University and society.” – from UNC Charlotte Policy 309.  

The UNC Charlotte Research Integrity Office is committed to upholding that standard and is responsible for investigating allegations of research misconduct including plagiarism, falsification, and fabrication of research materials.  

Research Integrity Officer

Dr. Thomas Reynolds
704 687-7248

Assistant Research Integrity Officer
Ms. Christi Skerlak

What is misconduct in research and scholarship?

According to University Policy 309, misconduct can take the form of fabricating or falsifying data, plagiarizing work, or failing to follow accepted practices in proposing, performing, reviewing or reporting on research.

Some Examples:

Fabrication: With time running out on funding on a research project, the lead researcher chooses to create a relatively unimportant portion of the research rather than risk seeing the entire project halted.  That conduct is defined as fabrication, making up data or results and recording or reporting them.

Falsification: Suppose a team member has been monitoring results of an experiment.  At the conclusion of the project, the results didn’t quite support the hypothesis.  Making even the slightest adjustment in the result would be considered falsification.  It is the manipulation of research materials, equipment, or processes, or changing or omitting data or results such that the research is not accurately represented in the research record.

Plagiarism: Enamored with a particular study she was reviewing, a researcher pulled a reference from that study for her own use, restructuring the material to make it appear her own.  Even with the re-write, the appropriation of another person’s ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit is plagiarism.

Download the Memorandum:

Every member of faculty, staff and student body carries the responsibility to protect the integrity of the research conducted at UNC Charlotte.  Report any suspicious activity to the Research Integrity Office, even if you are not sure of misconduct.  Discussions are confidential.  You may contact the Research Integrity Officer at 704-687-7248, via email, or by completing the confidential submission form below.

Rules of the Road Infographic

UNC Charlotte policies and procedures

University Policy 309 Responding to Allegations of Misconduct in Research and Scholarship.

Download the University's procedures for responding to allegations of misconduct.

Additional resources:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Research Integrity

National Institutes of Health, Research Integrity

UNC Charlotte Graduate School Academic Integrity/RCR

UNC Charlotte Office of Research Compliance